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(PUBCowley)The former director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary in New York City outlines the implications of spiritual director as host, teacher, and midwife. She also addresses questions relating to time, setting, and privacy, as well as problems for female directors. 146 pages, softcover.
Guenther uses the images of the spiritual director as host, teacher, and midwife to describe the ministry of spiritual direction today. She pays particular attention to spiritual direction for women, and addresses such down-to-earth questions as setting, time, and privacy. The stories of real people bring the practice of spiritual direction alive. In the pages that follow, I will attempt to describe the shape that spiritual direction might take for people of our time, aware that the subject is an elusive one. I am speaking to the beginner, those persons lay or ordained, with or without formal theological training, who find themselves drawn to this ministry. Perhaps they feel the stirring of their own unacknowledged gifts. Or perhaps they wonder about receiving direction, whether it is a ministry available to ordinary people or reserved for the especially holy. I hope some dark corners will be illuminated and some questions answered.